Friday, March 5, 2010

Hollyhocks

I love these flowers, but haven't had much luck with them in our gardens. On all 3 versions here, this new Hero Arts silhouette image was stamped, embossed with white, and then colored in with Distress inks and a few touches of markers. The background paper on this first one is from the Dollar Tree when they used to carry scrapbook papers.
Supplies: K5370 Garden Silhouette, CL173 Simple Messages, Distress inks: worn lipstick, shabby shutters, mustard seed and scattered straw

I'm entering this one into the "Just Because" challenge at Paper Play Challenges. This version was stamped on a light pink polished stone background sent to me by my friend Carol, then the leaves were colored with shabby shutters and the little flowers were darkened a bit with a pink marker. The sentiment is from an Inkadinkado set that my sista Cathy sent to me, and the little flower button comes from Kath in Scotland.

And this lavender version was stamped on a small lavender plaid printed paper, also from Carol - if you look closely you can see it showing through the leaves. Again, I added accents with distress inks and markers.

16 comments:

  1. I saw this in the Flickr pool but wanted to get a closer look! So pretty, Lin! Very springtime pretty, and it matches so well with the paper!

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  2. I have the green thumb with paper flowers ( they are ALWAYS in bloom), but not in my garden! Love your Holoyhocks!I love the mix of colors and this sure will send smile to someone special! And it makes me smile!

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  3. this is absolutely gorgeous, Lin! i love how you colored the image! this just brighten my day!! love it, Lin!!! =)

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  4. so pretty Lin. You are just so clever with your inks.

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  5. Very beautiful watercolor effect Lin!! Love the sherbert colors - definitely calls out springtime in every way!

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  6. Just stunning Lin. You know how I love flowers! Happy Friday!

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  7. Love to come here to your blog and admire your cards again, Lin! Just stunning...all three! :)

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  8. More beautiful flower cards.. I'm looking forward to the Hollyhocks in the garden this year again.

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  9. Well, at least in stamping those flowers rock for you!!!All three are just perfectly beautiful! I love how you accent little details, this gives to your cards the polished look!

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  10. Lin, three stunningly beautiful cards. Amazing technique. Beautiful.

    Thanks for joining us on Paperplay this week and especially since it is my first time setting the challenge. Many thanks for your support ♥.

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  11. You're definitely having a lot of luck with the paper hollyhocks!!! Oh these are all so pretty. You are so talented at combining these beautifully colored images with the perfect pp!

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  12. These are totally gorgeous, Lin! Love the colors, the design, and the way you color the image... you are amazing!!

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  13. Wow Lin, these are incredible! I absolutely love your colouring on the first and second card and the paper peeking through on the 3rd card!

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  14. Stunning work, Lin. Each card feels so different just by using different colours. Can't pick a favourite - I love them all!

    Thanks for joining us on PaperPlay this week.

    Julie :o)

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  15. Hi Lin - Your Hollyhock flower cards are so beautiful. You have such a lovely style. Lucille K :)

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  16. Wow all of these are fantastic. So lovely and wonderful.

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Thank you so much for your kind comments - they make my day!